Given the number of gaming monitors with distinct style elements and lighting effects included, it’s apparent that a display’s physical appearance is important to more than a few buyers. In fact, the only gaming screens that make no effort in the style department are the very least expensive models.
The Porsche Design AOC Agon PD27 is at the opposite extreme. It maximizes both its aesthetic and its performance. It sports one of the nicest and most substantial stands we’ve ever seen and incorporates a two-tiered lighting effect with more options than any other display. A solid metal remote is just icing on the cake. The PD27 is one gorgeous monitor.
But without an equal level of performance, the PD27 would be subject to the dreaded “style over substance” comment so often heard on a certain UK baking show. Luckily, this comment does not apply here in any way, shape or form.
The PD27 delivers an honest 240 Hz without overclock into 1440p resolution with one of the best VA panels available. Not many monitors can deliver over 3,000:1 contrast natively. Adaptive-Sync is supported in both flavors, along with HDR that clearly enhances the gaming experience. And not only is the color gamut nice and wide, it’s supremely accurate with no need for calibration. The PD27 presents a stunning image worthy of its high price.
At around $750-$800 as of writing, the PD27 is expensive. For the same money, it’s possible to score a Samsung Odyssey G7 32-inch, which has similar specs and performance in a 32-inch screen. But the AOC Porsche Design monitor has a beautiful look. Its styling is like nothing else available, and for some, paying an extra $100 for a unique product is worth it.
Our only complaint is extremely minor. The blur-reducing backlight strobe could use some tweaking. It works OK but produces a slight smearing that ultimately had us going back to Adaptive-Sync. That is nearly always the best choice anyway, but we’ve seen screens of late that can accomplish uncanny smoothness with just blur reduction and without the help of FreeSync or G-Sync.
In every other way, the Porsche Design AOC Agon PD27 is a premium gaming monitor that has almost no downside. It’s expensive, but if ultimate style and high performance are at the top of your priority list, it has no real equal.